Test: All tested oregano contained pesticides

1. nov 2017

A test of 10 different oregano shows, that all the tested products contained pesticides. However, in most cases the amounts found were relatively small.

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Test: All tested oregano contained pesticides
Photo: Niels Søndergaard

Test: Oregano contains pesticides

A test of oregano from the Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals shows that dried oregano generally contains residues of pesticides.

The amount of pesticides in the 10 tested products varies significantly. The oregano from the brand Sonnentor has the lowest amount of pesticides. Therefore it is the test winner if you want to minimize your exposure to pesticides.

Read about all test of chemicals in consumer products from The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals

Unwanted chemicals: 1 oregano contained 28 different pesticides

Oregano from the brand Krydderispecialisten (The Spice Specialist) contained 28 different pesticide residues. 2 of these pesticides were found in amounts which were higher than permitted.

One of the pesticides (carbendazim) is banned in the EU. The substance is classified in the EU as “may cause genetic defects, may damage fertility and may damage the unborn child, is very toxic to aquatic life and is very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects”.

Another pesticide (tebuconazole) is classified as “very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, is harmful if swallowed and is suspected of damaging the unborn child”.

The cocktail effect: Your combined exposure to unwanted chemicals is problematic

The residues of pesticides in oregano do not constitute a health risk in themselves. You most likely eat relatively modest amounts of oregano.

But pesticides in foods do contribute to your combined exposure to unwanted chemicals. This is what scientists call the cocktail effect. Many problematic chemicals in combination can therefore be problematic for your health in the long run.

See the test results with product pictures (in Danish)

For further questions regarding the test contact project manager in The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals Stine Müller on sm@fbr.dk.

This oregano receives the best assessment in the test

Sonnentor  Oregano – This dried oregano is not completely free from pesticides even though it is organic. The laboratory test shows that residues of 4 pesticides are present in the oregano. However, the amounts are very small.

These oreganos receive the middle assessment in the test

Anna & Claras specialiteter Oregano – In this oregano the test showed residues of 14 different pesticides. All were under limit values.

Budget Oregano – The test showed content of 7 different pesticide residues. All were under limit values.

Flying Tiger Oregano – This oregano had content of 6 different pesticides. All were under limit values.

Robero Krydderier Oregano – The test showed content of 8 different pesticides in this oregano. All were under limit values.

Santa Maria Oregano – The test showed residues of 11 different pesticides in this oregano. All were under limit values.

These oreganos receive the lowest assessment in the test

Krydderispecialisten Oregano (The Spice Specialist Oregano) – This oregano contains 28 different pesticides. 2 of these are above limit values. This concerns the pesticide carbendazim and tebuconazole. Carbendazim is banned in the EU.

Änglamark Oregano – Even though this oregano is organic the laboratory test showed residues of 3 different pesticides. They were all under limit values. But for 1 pesticide (glyphosate) the level was significantly higher than in the non-organic products.

Kilic oregano – The test showed residues of 9 different pesticides – all under limit values. But the content of 1 pesticide (cyfluthrin) was higher than in the other oreganos. Cyfluthrin is not allowed to use in the EU.

Urtekram Oregano – Even though Urtekram Oregano is organic the product contained residues of 6 different pesticides. All were under limit values. But for 1 pesticide (glyphosate) the level was significantly higher than in the non-organic products.

Comments from the manufacturers

Krydderispecialisten (The Spice Specialist)

“Our dried oregano has several times been tested without any findings of pesticides in these amounts. The spice is praised for being in a clean and good quality. Test can vary from time to time and we will have to go back to our supplier and find out what happened.”

Omid Habibi, owner of Krydderispecialisten Oregano (The Spice Specialist Oregano)

Urtekram

The company has decided to pull the product off the market after having conducted its own tests. This is due to the fact that the product is organic and consequently the consumers do not expect a product with a content of pesticides.

Änglamark by Coop

Änglamark has launched their own analysis of their oregano. But because such analyses take a long time, all units of the Änglamark Oregano have been pulled from Coop’s shops.  The spice will not be in stores again untill Coop can guarantee the quality of the product.